California on fire
More than a million acres can burn in a particularly bad year. This year is already one of the most destructive in recent history. These numbers combine state and federal land.
Wildfires have taken 59 lives in California this year, making 2018 the deadliest fire year in the state’s recent history. Most of those deaths have been related to the blaze that destroyed the Northern California town of Paradise. The numbers include people responding to the fires.
The firefighting tab
Expenses nearly always exceed the annual budget for Cal Fire. The state’s share of costs for the most recent fires has not yet been determined.